Antioch Mayor Urges Neutrality at Inaugural Meeting of Police Oversight Commission

Antioch Mayor Urges Neutrality at Inaugural Meeting of Police Oversight Commission

At the inaugural meeting of Antioch’s first police oversight commission, Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe emphasized the importance of neutrality in the commission’s role. The commission, created by ordinance on May 24, 2022, aims to advise on city policies, strengthen trust, transparency, and police-community relations, and promote open communication and cooperation between the Antioch Police Department and residents.

Mayor Hernandez-Thorpe thanked the seven commissioners for volunteering and reminded them that their primary responsibility is to represent the interests of the city council and the mayor. Unlike charter cities such as Oakland, where the civilian police commission possesses greater power, the Antioch commission serves as an advisory board. It can review police policies and make suggestions to the council, which ultimately decides on their approval.

The establishment of the commission comes amidst recent police scandals in Antioch. An investigation by the FBI and Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office led to the suspension or termination of several officers, who were accused of violating civil rights by preplanning to deploy a police dog and use less-lethal projectiles on residents. Civil rights attorneys have subsequently filed lawsuits related to these investigations.

Interim Police Chief Brian Addington, who plans to remain in his position until a new permanent chief is hired, assured the board of his commitment to openness and transparency. He also extended an invitation to the commissioners to learn more about the police department by participating in ride-alongs with officers.

During the meeting, the board elected Harry Thurston as chair and Porsche Taylor as vice chair. Thurston, a longtime Antioch resident and retired IT manager and former forest engineer, expressed his dedication to making public safety a priority and increasing faith in the police department. Taylor, a business owner and employee of Contra Costa County, emphasized her commitment to neutrality and her extensive experience working for the county.

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1 Response

  1. This is absolutely ridiculous! How can Mayor Hernandez-Thorpe talk about the importance of neutrality when it comes to police oversight? It’s clear that he’s just trying to downplay the significance of holding law enforcement accountable. Neutrality should not be the priority here; justice and transparency should be! This kind of rhetoric only perpetuates the systemic issues within our police force and undermines the need for real change. It’s disheartening to see our leaders prioritize neutrality over the rights and safety of our

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